TLT approves renewal of tow truck driver’s lapsed license
by John Q. Duffy
An applicant for a Tow Truck Driver’s Licence had his license renewed after a Proposed Resolution was approved by the Toronto Licensing Tribunal panel sitting on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
The panel of Maureen Carter-Whitney (Chair) with Mary Lee and Melana Laverty, heard that Ramin Jourj originally held a license in 2010-2011 but it expired. He reapplied but his application was denied at a April 17, 2017 TLT hearing due to a careless driving and other Highway Traffic Act charges and convictions plus a variety of criminal code charges, including assault.
However since 2017 his record has been basically clean with only one minor HTA charge.
He is 28 years old, is recently married and is the sole support for his wife, sister, mother and brother.
The license was granted on 3 years probation and the other usual conditions about fees and documents being up to date and with the proviso that he may be brought back before the tribunal should Municipal Licensing and Standards have concerns about his driving and/or criminal behavior.
In another matter, Denosan Subramniyam, holding a Tow Truck Driver’s Licence kept his license after approval of a Joint Proposal but it was immediately suspended for one day and it will be on probation for 3 years.
During the probationary period, MLS may make additional checks of any driving, criminal, and bylaw charges and convictions against him.
The other usual conditions of probation relating to fees, documents being up to date and the possibility of being brought back to the TLT if MLS has concerns with his record going forward also apply.
MLS was concerned with charges and convictions under the HTA, including a June 2019 license suspension for speeding (116 kph in a 60 kph zone) and stunt driving (“weaving in and out of traffic”) and charges and convictions under the Municipal Code.
A Careless Driving charge was withdrawn when the charging police officer failed to appear for trial.
Mitigating factors include his support for his parents.
The City hopes the 1-day suspension will “send a clear message to him.”
Next, Harish Karunairajah got a new Tow Truck Driver’s Licence when the panel approved a joint Proposed Resolution signed on October 3, 2019.
The licence was issued, subject to the usual conditions relating to fees and documentation and it is open to be brought back to the TLT if MLS has further concerns.
But it was immediately suspended for 4 days and will be on probation for 4 years.
As well, before each of the next 4 renewals, Karunairajah “must provide to Municipal Licensing and Standards, at his own expense, an original up-to-date abstract of his Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check.”
His criminal history includes, “various assaults”, Dangerous Driving, a couple of Assault convictions, credit card Fraud and Failure to Comply with a Probation Order, but the youngest of these charges is from 2015.
As well he has had 6 Bylaw convictions between November 2018 and May 2019, all while driving a tow truck.
He assures MLS and the TLT he no longer “hangs out” with his old friends and “no longer engages in that type of conduct.”
He is married and has 2 children.
The City lawyer told the panel these conditions “set the bar for further sanctions,” if they become warranted.
Denny Fernandes Duarte another licensed tow truck driver was allowed to keep his license after approval of a Joint Resolution approved the joint Proposed Resolution, originally signed on September 18, 2019.
It will be subject to the usual requirements and may be brought back if there are concerns.
As well, it will be on probation for 1 year when “MLS may make additional checks of any driving, criminal, and bylaw charges and convictions against Mr. Duarte.”
He was convicted of speeding on Hwy 401, doing an alleged 154-155 kph in a 100 kph zone. This resulted in a provincial driver license suspension.
He supports his family and this is the only work he knows how to do.
Duarte apologized for his misconduct and the panel allowed him to keep working.
The Tribunal dismissed Mr. Masjedi Harandi’s application for a Tow Truck Driver’s Licence and deemed the matter abandoned as he failed to attend this hearing.
Finally, the Tribunal also dismissed Mehmood Abbas’ application for a Vehicle-For-Hire Driver’s Licence and deemed the matter abandoned as he too failed to attend this hearing.